Robert Lewandowski in Bayern Munich stand-off as contract and transfer decisions at odds
The Bayern Munich striker is out of contract in 2023 and all signs point to him waving goodbye to the Allianz Arena sooner rather than later but the question remains as to where his next destination could be Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rarely made any wrong choices throughout his football career despite severe criticism having been levelled his way. The former Lech Poznan star sealed a move to the Bundesliga at the perfect time earlier in his career, whilst his controversial free transfer to the Allianz Arena from Borussia Dortmund has seen him reach levels that would have been worthy of Ballon d’Or recognition - although Lionel Messi somewhat inexplicably beat him to the award last year. The Polish forward is out of contract with Bayern next summer and, despite forging himself a place in club folklore with the Bavarian giants due to his stunning performances over the past eight years, has caught supporters off-guard recently. The 10-time Bundesliga champion has already confirmed that he will not extend his current deal in Bavaria and now looks set to leave the club.
Should Chelsea make an effort to sign Robert Lewandowski? Have your say in the comments below. "I still have a year's contract [left at Bayern]. The writing then already appears to be on the wall that Lewandowski will not be at Bayern Munich for much longer. Meanwhile, a number of figures at Bayern have sent Lewandowski a strong message regarding his future commitments, with CEO Oliver Kahn among those to have stated that the Bundesliga giants will not be forced into a sale this summer. A sale not materialising, though, might well leave Lewandowski and Bayern in a tricky position ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Always the professional, Lewandowski appears unlikely to let that impact his performances. Meanwhile, Bayern will need to begin preparations to replace Lewandowski ahead of his exit either this summer or next year. As it stands, there does not appear to be a player in world football that can match his goalscoring exploits. It is certainly a tricky dilemma for both Lewandowski and Bayern over whether a summer exit might be the ideal scenario or indeed whether he sees out his deal.
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